11 year old arrested in Ft. Pierce School, mom says she wasn't notified he was being questioned
8:50 AM, Jan 24, 2014
11:43 AM, Jan 24, 2014
FORT PIERCE, Fla. - Eleven-year-old Eugene Jacques was arrested at Lincoln Park Academy in Ft. Pierce on Thursday for burglary and theft after an arrest report alleges he went through other students' book bags in the locker room.
Another student was also arrested after money and other items went missing.
His mother, Lameshia Jackson, says she was not notified that there was a criminal investigation or that her son was ever questioned.
"Number one, he is eleven-years-old and a minor. How can you question a minor without a guardian being there," Jackson said.
According to the arrest report, Eugene's mother was contacted after the second interview.
Jackson says her son was suspended after the incident last year. She thought it was over and done with then.
According to a St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office report, Eugene was questioned one time in December 2013 and one time in January 2014.
Bruce Harrison with the St. Lucie County State Attorney's Office says he can't discuss the specific case. But he did say before a child is interrogated, law enforcement needs to notify the guardian.
Eugene's mom says she was never notified.
"They kept asking me the same questions over and over again like what did I take. I kept telling them I didn't take anything. But they kept asking me over and over again," Jacques said.
Jacques maintains that he did not steal anything.
A spokesman with the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office said the department would not be doing interviews on the case.
The St. Lucie County School district also would not comment.
Jackson said she planned to meet with an attorney.